[Abuja]–President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his disappointment at examination malpractices and the issuance of fake certificates in the country.
The President represented by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), expressed this view on Tuesday in Abuja, during the 65th Annual Council Meeting of the West African Examinations Council with the theme, “65 years of commitment to excellence in educational assessment.”
According to the President, cheating in examination and attainment of fake certificates among Nigerians had become a normal thing because of collapse of values in the society.
“Today the attainment of wealth, power or educational influence is the mark of success which is not necessarily a bad thing except we are no longer concerned with the process of attaining success.” He lamented.
“The end it appears today justifies the means which explains why cheating in examinations and fake certificates simply do not generate the sort of outrage that such conduct would have generated years ago.
“Public servants and many in the private sectors who have unexplainable wealth are celebrated in one form or the other, alumni recognitions, honorary degrees, chieftaincy titles and even higher religious titles.
“Often, cheating is with the collusion of parents and teachers. This only reflects the failure of values in our larger society. Educational policy within that milieu of collapsed value failure is a totally different type of task when values in society have collapsed. When values in the society have been upturned, the role of the policy maker is completely different from when values are maintained by and large.”
He thereafter advocated that there is a strong need to redefine success and change education curricula to reflect modern teaching methods.
Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, in his remarks, said the Federal Government had rolled out programmes to combat some of the challenges facing education in the country.
He said, ”The government has also entered into collaboration with several international development partners on these issues”.
The Registrar of Council, WAEC, Dr. Uyi Uwadiae, also added that examination malpractices remained a major challenge for the council.
While declaring that the consequences of malpractices were grave, he called for collaboration to tackle the scourge.
Uwadiae also called for the strengthening and enforcement of existing legislation to combat examination malpractices.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg